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Attribute weighted Naive Bayes classifier using a local optimization

- Taheri, Sona, Yearwood, John, Mammadov, Musa, Seifollahi, Sattar

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Yearwood, John , Mammadov, Musa , Seifollahi, Sattar**Date:**2013**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Neural Computing & Applications Vol.24, no.5 (2013), p.995-1002**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**The Naive Bayes classifier is a popular classification technique for data mining and machine learning. It has been shown to be very effective on a variety of data classification problems. However, the strong assumption that all attributes are conditionally independent given the class is often violated in real-world applications. Numerous methods have been proposed in order to improve the performance of the Naive Bayes classifier by alleviating the attribute independence assumption. However, violation of the independence assumption can increase the expected error. Another alternative is assigning the weights for attributes. In this paper, we propose a novel attribute weighted Naive Bayes classifier by considering weights to the conditional probabilities. An objective function is modeled and taken into account, which is based on the structure of the Naive Bayes classifier and the attribute weights. The optimal weights are determined by a local optimization method using the quasisecant method. In the proposed approach, the Naive Bayes classifier is taken as a starting point. We report the results of numerical experiments on several real-world data sets in binary classification, which show the efficiency of the proposed method.

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Yearwood, John , Mammadov, Musa , Seifollahi, Sattar**Date:**2013**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Neural Computing & Applications Vol.24, no.5 (2013), p.995-1002**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**The Naive Bayes classifier is a popular classification technique for data mining and machine learning. It has been shown to be very effective on a variety of data classification problems. However, the strong assumption that all attributes are conditionally independent given the class is often violated in real-world applications. Numerous methods have been proposed in order to improve the performance of the Naive Bayes classifier by alleviating the attribute independence assumption. However, violation of the independence assumption can increase the expected error. Another alternative is assigning the weights for attributes. In this paper, we propose a novel attribute weighted Naive Bayes classifier by considering weights to the conditional probabilities. An objective function is modeled and taken into account, which is based on the structure of the Naive Bayes classifier and the attribute weights. The optimal weights are determined by a local optimization method using the quasisecant method. In the proposed approach, the Naive Bayes classifier is taken as a starting point. We report the results of numerical experiments on several real-world data sets in binary classification, which show the efficiency of the proposed method.

Improving Naive Bayes classifier using conditional probabilities

- Taheri, Sona, Mammadov, Musa, Bagirov, Adil

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa , Bagirov, Adil**Date:**2010**Type:**Text , Conference proceedings**Full Text:****Description:**Naive Bayes classifier is the simplest among Bayesian Network classifiers. It has shown to be very efficient on a variety of data classification problems. However, the strong assumption that all features are conditionally independent given the class is often violated on many real world applications. Therefore, improvement of the Naive Bayes classifier by alleviating the feature independence assumption has attracted much attention. In this paper, we develop a new version of the Naive Bayes classifier without assuming independence of features. The proposed algorithm approximates the interactions between features by using conditional probabilities. We present results of numerical experiments on several real world data sets, where continuous features are discretized by applying two different methods. These results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm significantly improve the performance of the Naive Bayes classifier, yet at the same time maintains its robustness. © 2011, Australian Computer Society, Inc.**Description:**2003009505

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa , Bagirov, Adil**Date:**2010**Type:**Text , Conference proceedings**Full Text:****Description:**Naive Bayes classifier is the simplest among Bayesian Network classifiers. It has shown to be very efficient on a variety of data classification problems. However, the strong assumption that all features are conditionally independent given the class is often violated on many real world applications. Therefore, improvement of the Naive Bayes classifier by alleviating the feature independence assumption has attracted much attention. In this paper, we develop a new version of the Naive Bayes classifier without assuming independence of features. The proposed algorithm approximates the interactions between features by using conditional probabilities. We present results of numerical experiments on several real world data sets, where continuous features are discretized by applying two different methods. These results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm significantly improve the performance of the Naive Bayes classifier, yet at the same time maintains its robustness. © 2011, Australian Computer Society, Inc.**Description:**2003009505

A globally optimization algorithm for systems of nonlinear equations

- Mammadov, Musa, Taheri, Sona

**Authors:**Mammadov, Musa , Taheri, Sona**Date:**2010**Type:**Text , Conference proceedings**Full Text:**false**Description:**In this paper, a new algorithm is proposed for the solutions of system of nonlinear equations. This algorithm uses a combination of the gradient and Newton's methods. A novel dynamic combinator is developed to determine the contribution of the methods in the combination. Also, by using some parameters in the proposed algorithm, this contribution is adjusted. The efficiency of the algoritms is studied in solving system of nonlinear equations.

Structure learning of Bayesian networks using a new unrestricted dependency algorithm

- Taheri, Sona, Mammadov, Musa

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa**Date:**2012**Type:**Text , Conference proceedings**Full Text:****Description:**Bayesian Networks have deserved extensive attentions in data mining due to their efficiencies, and reasonable predictive accuracy. A Bayesian Network is a directed acyclic graph in which each node represents a variable and each arc a probabilistic dependency between two variables. Constructing a Bayesian Network from data is the learning process that is divided in two steps: learning structure and learning parameter. In many domains, the structure is not known a priori and must be inferred from data. This paper presents an iterative unrestricted dependency algorithm for learning structure of Bayesian Networks for binary classification problems. Numerical experiments are conducted on several real world data sets, where continuous features are discretized by applying two different methods. The performance of the proposed algorithm is compared with the Naive Bayes, the Tree Augmented Naive Bayes, and the k

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa**Date:**2012**Type:**Text , Conference proceedings**Full Text:****Description:**Bayesian Networks have deserved extensive attentions in data mining due to their efficiencies, and reasonable predictive accuracy. A Bayesian Network is a directed acyclic graph in which each node represents a variable and each arc a probabilistic dependency between two variables. Constructing a Bayesian Network from data is the learning process that is divided in two steps: learning structure and learning parameter. In many domains, the structure is not known a priori and must be inferred from data. This paper presents an iterative unrestricted dependency algorithm for learning structure of Bayesian Networks for binary classification problems. Numerical experiments are conducted on several real world data sets, where continuous features are discretized by applying two different methods. The performance of the proposed algorithm is compared with the Naive Bayes, the Tree Augmented Naive Bayes, and the k

A globally optimization algorithm for systems of nonlinear equations

- Mammadov, Musa, Taheri, Sona

**Authors:**Mammadov, Musa , Taheri, Sona**Date:**2010**Type:**Text , Conference paper**Relation:**Proceedings of PCO 2010, The Third International Conference on Power Control and Optimization 2010 Gold Coast p. 214-234**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**In this paper, a new algorithm is proposed for the solutions of system of nonlinear equations. This algorithm uses a combination of the gradient and Newton's methods. A novel dynamic combinator is developed to determine the contribution of the methods in the combination. Also, by using some parameters in the proposed algorithm, this contribution is adjusted. The efficiency of the algoritms is studied in solving system of nonlinear equations.

Solving systems of nonlinear equations using a globally convergent optimization algorithm

- Taheri, Sona, Mammadov, Musa

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa**Date:**2012**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Global Journal of Technology & Optimization Vol. 3, no. (2012), p. 132-138**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Solving systems of nonlinear equations is a relatively complicated problem for which a number of different approaches have been presented. In this paper, a new algorithm is proposed for the solutions of systems of nonlinear equations. This algorithm uses a combination of the gradient and the Newton’s methods. A novel dynamic combinatory is developed to determine the contribution of the methods in the combination. Also, by using some parameters in the proposed algorithm, this contribution is adjusted. We use the gradient method due to its global convergence property, and the Newton’s method to speed up the convergence rate. We consider two different combinations. In the first one, a step length is determined only along the gradient direction. The second one is finding a step length along both the gradient and the Newton’s directions. The performance of the proposed algorithm in comparison to the Newton’s method, the gradient method and an existing combination method is explored on several well known test problems in solving systems of nonlinear equations. The numerical results provide evidence that the proposed combination algorithm is generally more robust and efficient than other mentioned methods on someimportant and difficult problems.

Learning the naive bayes classifier with optimization models

- Taheri, Sona, Mammadov, Musa

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa**Date:**2013**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Vol. 23, no. 4 (2013), p. 787-795**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Naive Bayes is among the simplest probabilistic classifiers. It often performs surprisingly well in many real world applications, despite the strong assumption that all features are conditionally independent given the class. In the learning process of this classifier with the known structure, class probabilities and conditional probabilities are calculated using training data, and then values of these probabilities are used to classify new observations. In this paper, we introduce three novel optimization models for the naive Bayes classifier where both class probabilities and conditional probabilities are considered as variables. The values of these variables are found by solving the corresponding optimization problems. Numerical experiments are conducted on several real world binary classification data sets, where continuous features are discretized by applying three different methods. The performances of these models are compared with the naive Bayes classifier, tree augmented naive Bayes, the SVM, C4.5 and the nearest neighbor classifier. The obtained results demonstrate that the proposed models can significantly improve the performance of the naive Bayes classifier, yet at the same time maintain its simple structure.

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa**Date:**2013**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Vol. 23, no. 4 (2013), p. 787-795**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Naive Bayes is among the simplest probabilistic classifiers. It often performs surprisingly well in many real world applications, despite the strong assumption that all features are conditionally independent given the class. In the learning process of this classifier with the known structure, class probabilities and conditional probabilities are calculated using training data, and then values of these probabilities are used to classify new observations. In this paper, we introduce three novel optimization models for the naive Bayes classifier where both class probabilities and conditional probabilities are considered as variables. The values of these variables are found by solving the corresponding optimization problems. Numerical experiments are conducted on several real world binary classification data sets, where continuous features are discretized by applying three different methods. The performances of these models are compared with the naive Bayes classifier, tree augmented naive Bayes, the SVM, C4.5 and the nearest neighbor classifier. The obtained results demonstrate that the proposed models can significantly improve the performance of the naive Bayes classifier, yet at the same time maintain its simple structure.

Globally convergent algorithms for solving unconstrained optimization problems

- Taheri, Sona, Mammadov, Musa, Seifollahi, Sattar

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa , Seifollahi, Sattar**Date:**2013**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Vol. , no. (2013), p. 1-15**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**New algorithms for solving unconstrained optimization problems are presented based on the idea of combining two types of descent directions: the direction of anti-gradient and either the Newton or quasi-Newton directions. The use of latter directions allows one to improve the convergence rate. Global and superlinear convergence properties of these algorithms are established. Numerical experiments using some unconstrained test problems are reported. Also, the proposed algorithms are compared with some existing similar methods using results of experiments. This comparison demonstrates the efficiency of the proposed combined methods.

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa , Seifollahi, Sattar**Date:**2013**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Vol. , no. (2013), p. 1-15**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**New algorithms for solving unconstrained optimization problems are presented based on the idea of combining two types of descent directions: the direction of anti-gradient and either the Newton or quasi-Newton directions. The use of latter directions allows one to improve the convergence rate. Global and superlinear convergence properties of these algorithms are established. Numerical experiments using some unconstrained test problems are reported. Also, the proposed algorithms are compared with some existing similar methods using results of experiments. This comparison demonstrates the efficiency of the proposed combined methods.

Tree augmented naive bayes based on optimization

- Taheri, Sona, Mammadov, Musa

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa**Date:**2011**Type:**Text , Conference paper**Relation:**42 Annual Iranian Mathematics Conference Vali-a-Asr University of Rasanjan 5th-8th September, 2011 p. 594-598**Full Text:**false**Reviewed:****Description:**Tree augmented naive Bayes is a semi-naive Bayesian Learning method. It relaxes the naive Bayes attribute independence assumption by employing a tree structure, in which each attribute only depends on the class and one other attribute. A maximum weighted spanning tree that maximizes the likelihood of the training data is used to perform classification.**Description:**2003009354

Structure learning of Bayesian Networks using global optimization with applications in data classification

- Taheri, Sona, Mammadov, Musa

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa**Date:**2014**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Letters Vol. 9, no. 5 (2014), p. 931-948**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Bayesian Networks are increasingly popular methods of modeling uncertainty in artificial intelligence and machine learning. A Bayesian Network consists of a directed acyclic graph in which each node represents a variable and each arc represents probabilistic dependency between two variables. Constructing a Bayesian Network from data is a learning process that consists of two steps: learning structure and learning parameter. Learning a network structure from data is the most difficult task in this process. This paper presents a new algorithm for constructing an optimal structure for Bayesian Networks based on optimization. The algorithm has two major parts. First, we define an optimization model to find the better network graphs. Then, we apply an optimization approach for removing possible cycles from the directed graphs obtained in the first part which is the first of its kind in the literature. The main advantage of the proposed method is that the maximal number of parents for variables is not fixed a priory and it is defined during the optimization procedure. It also considers all networks including cyclic ones and then choose a best structure by applying a global optimization method. To show the efficiency of the algorithm, several closely related algorithms including unrestricted dependency Bayesian Network algorithm, as well as, benchmarks algorithms SVM and C4.5 are employed for comparison. We apply these algorithms on data classification; data sets are taken from the UCI machine learning repository and the LIBSVM. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

**Authors:**Taheri, Sona , Mammadov, Musa**Date:**2014**Type:**Text , Journal article**Relation:**Optimization Letters Vol. 9, no. 5 (2014), p. 931-948**Full Text:****Reviewed:****Description:**Bayesian Networks are increasingly popular methods of modeling uncertainty in artificial intelligence and machine learning. A Bayesian Network consists of a directed acyclic graph in which each node represents a variable and each arc represents probabilistic dependency between two variables. Constructing a Bayesian Network from data is a learning process that consists of two steps: learning structure and learning parameter. Learning a network structure from data is the most difficult task in this process. This paper presents a new algorithm for constructing an optimal structure for Bayesian Networks based on optimization. The algorithm has two major parts. First, we define an optimization model to find the better network graphs. Then, we apply an optimization approach for removing possible cycles from the directed graphs obtained in the first part which is the first of its kind in the literature. The main advantage of the proposed method is that the maximal number of parents for variables is not fixed a priory and it is defined during the optimization procedure. It also considers all networks including cyclic ones and then choose a best structure by applying a global optimization method. To show the efficiency of the algorithm, several closely related algorithms including unrestricted dependency Bayesian Network algorithm, as well as, benchmarks algorithms SVM and C4.5 are employed for comparison. We apply these algorithms on data classification; data sets are taken from the UCI machine learning repository and the LIBSVM. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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